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By Elizabeth Vierck and Kris Hodges Greenwood Press, 2003

America is going gray: Today, 1 in 8 Americans are 65 or older, and by 2020 it is expected that 1 in 6 will be in that age group. From 2010 to 2050, the senior population is expected to more than double, from 40 million to 82 million. In Aging: Demographics, Health, and Health Services, the authors offer an easy-to-navigate compendium of stats about the elderly. Throughout their book, Elizabeth Vierck, an information specialist on health and aging, and market researcher Kris Hodges draw on government reports, private studies, and previously unpublished data from RoperASW, Mediamark Research, the National Nursing Home Survey and the National Home and Hospice Care Survey. Through their concise analysis, they also put the information in perspective, making for a readable reference. Topics covered include the size and growth of the nation's senior population, life expectancy, nutrition, disease, mental health, prescription and over-the-counter drugs, long-term care, hospice care, paying for health care and death.

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